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Jess By October 22, 2017 0 Comments

British actress Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children) is set for the lead role of Tess in Starz’s half-hour drama Sweetbitter, based on Stephanie Danler’s best-selling 2016 book. In addition, Emmy winning writer/director Richard Shepard (Girls) has joined as executive producer and will direct the series premiere episode.

Sweetbitter follows 22-year-old Tess (Purnell) who, shortly after arriving in New York City, lands a job at a celebrated downtown restaurant. Swiftly introduced to the world of drugs, alcohol, love, lust, dive bars, and fine dining, she learns to navigate the chaotically alluring, yet punishing life she has stumbled upon. This is the story of a young woman’s coming-of-age, set against the rich and grimy backdrop of exclusive restaurants, conjuring a nonstop and high-adrenaline world evoking the possibility, beauty, and fragility of being young and adrift.

“Ella’s portfolio of work and the array of her characters and performances in her young career are truly remarkable. We are excited for fans of the book and audiences to meet Tess,” said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik. “We are also excited by Richard’s vision to bring the book’s richly written sensory experiences from the page to the screen.”

Sweetbitter is Purnell’s first major television role. Her film work includes the role of Emma in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Other credits include Never Let Me Go, Kick-Ass 2 and Maleficent.

Danler, who wrote the pilot script, and Stu Zicherman (The Americans, The Affair) executive producer along with Plan B Entertainment and Shepard. Donna Bloom will serve as producer on the six-episode freshman season. Laura Rosenthal is leading the ongoing casting search.

Jess By June 06, 2016 0 Comments

First look at Brian Cox as the wartime leader as Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, James Purefoy and Ella Purnell join cast.

Salon Pictures has announced that principal photography has begun in Scotland on its new feature film, Churchill.

Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) plays the Second World War leader in the 48-hours preceding D-Day in May 1944, when Churchill had to prepare a final attempt to crush Hitler’s encroaching army.

The cast is rounded out with Miranda Richardson (Harry Potter, Testament of Youth) as wife Clemmie Churchill, with John Slattery (Mad Men) as General Eisenhower, James Purefoy (Rome) as King George VI, and rising-star Ella Purnell (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Tarzan) joining the cast as Churchill’s secretary.

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (The Railway Man), the film is written by British historian and author Alex von Tunzelmann in her feature debut.

Churchill was developed with the assistance of the BFI. Producers are Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter of Salon Pictures with Piers Tempest and Jo Bamford’s Tempo Productions, alongside Claudia Bluemhuber of Silver Reel.

Embankment Films’ Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar are handling international sales. Silver Reel finance with Lipsync and Creative Scotland.

Further casting includes Julian Wadham (War Horse), Danny Webb (Valkyrie), George Anton (Marcella) Steve Cree (Brave) and Richard Durden (Wolf Hall).

Marie By November 08, 2014 0 Comments

The imaginative Tim Burton has chosen Ella Purnell to star in his forthcoming film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. You can already figure from the title that many more fresh actors will star in the cinematic production, which makes the movie more challenging to direct and more tempting to watch, mainly for Tim Burton addicts.

Another youngish actor to appear next to Ella Purnell on the on-building list for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is Asa Butterfield, already famous for working with director Martin Scorsese for the movie Hugo in 2011. Little Asa is considered for the part of Jacob Portman, central figure in the movie: ‘’Butterfield had been reported to be the favorite for the male lead. Sources now say he and Purnell have offers and negotiations are underway’’.

The upcoming motion picture is based on the debut novel by American author Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The novel was published in June 2011 and reached the first position on the Children’s Chapter Books list in 2012, becoming a New York Times bestseller.

The plot revolves around the life of 16 year old Jacob Portman who travels to Wales to investigate on the life of his late grandmother. There, he discovers ‘’the derelict orphanage for peculiar children’’ and encounters Emma, ‘’a strikingly pretty girl’’, with whom he time travels into the 1940’s to meet the orphanage director, Miss Peregrine.

If Ella Purnell and Asa Butterfield are only in the negotiation process, Eva Green, Frank Miller’s Dame to Kill For is already reported as a definite part of the cast by Variety.com.

According to the source, production is likely to begin in 2015.